This week we’ve seen a flurry of big trailers dropping, from the controversial crime drama Hustlers to the Brad Pitt-fronted space odyssey Ad Astra, the sinister clown thriller It Chapter Two, the Top Gun sequel that’s somehow a real thing, and whatever Kevin Smith has talked his famous friends into now. But the trailer that broke the internet and snapped our minds was undoubtedly the absolute insanity of Cats.
Directed by Tom Hooper, Cats features an all-star cast that includes Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, and Taylor Swift. Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway musical, the film also boasts a bold new take on the look of its titular creatures. Forget the bodysuits and facepaint from the stage show. Hooper’s Cats has allegedly groundbreaking “digital fur technology” that was teased in a previous behind-the-scenes featurette. But even with warning, the world was not ready for the new face of Cats.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the look of Cats’ feline-ified stars.
BELIEVE IN A CAPRICIOUS GOD WHO GIVES CATS HUMAN FACES AND TITS YOU FEEBLE MORTALS YOU CAN SO EASILY BE REPLACED https://t.co/VXB3rC4XHc— Oriana Schwindt (@Schwindter) July 18, 2019
I don't know what I expected from CATS' "digital fur technology" but the short answer is NOT this.— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) July 18, 2019
My brain has melted. My eyes are bleeding. There is no god. pic.twitter.com/HMeM0ixal1
That "digital fur technology" line from the behind the scenes video is even funnier now that we can see how unnervingly smooth many of the characters are.— Caelyn O'Reilly 🏳️⚧️ (@OCaelyn) July 18, 2019
Look What Meow Made Me Do pic.twitter.com/hQQ663Dy2g— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) July 18, 2019
looks dope pic.twitter.com/5rNTUotdeN— Brett White (@brettwhite) July 18, 2019
Every cat in Cats is stuck halfway through their morph pic.twitter.com/6vOzm1xeds— Hillary Busis (@hillibusterr) July 18, 2019
Do TEA WITH THE DAMES 2 just so Maggie Smith can peer at this image and say, “Well Jude, at least your eyesight is failing” pic.twitter.com/elZTOba3NR— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 18, 2019
Nobody:— IFC (@IFC) July 18, 2019
The Cats trailer: pic.twitter.com/FIuJZIqqe5
scientists have distilled physical pain into a single image, and it is this: pic.twitter.com/rKoEq1bnJM— isekobra kai (@Sona_Sonara) July 18, 2019
somehow the people in Cats look more nude than if they were actually nude, and it's weird as hell. pic.twitter.com/vw8vtsIAUa— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) July 18, 2019
EXCUSE ME pic.twitter.com/J6zXxygiXY— rachel syme (@rachsyme) July 18, 2019
Cat-Jason-Derulo though… I still would. Guys? Right? Who's with me? Cat-Jason-Derulo. Come on, don't be shy.— Caspar Salmon (@CasparSalmon) July 18, 2019
me convincing my friends to come see cats pic.twitter.com/Q9jkeB0jfF— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) July 18, 2019
Well that was fast. pic.twitter.com/cPDCe0UVq7— Renfamous⭐️ (@renfamous) July 18, 2019
its possible that the rate of furries actually goes DOWN after that Cats trailer— fiona burton (@film_sis) July 18, 2019
Some liked it!
CATS is flashy and weird and somehow appealing anyway and the trailer is all of those things! Judge me all you want, it will be a better middlebrow megahit than Bohemian Rhapsody— kateyrich (@kateyrich) July 19, 2019
Honestly I don’t know what you’re all on about—if this didn’t look like a trash nightmare it wouldn’t be Cats. https://t.co/d1V5jXRiDm— Courtney Enlow ➡️ SDCC (@courtenlow) July 18, 2019
Many did not.
me watching the CATS trailer pic.twitter.com/MhEQKuXsJo— David Sims (@davidlsims) July 18, 2019
CATS (2019) dir. Tom Hooper pic.twitter.com/V7Tw15ykqe— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 18, 2019
“It’s an adaptation of the musical CATS. CATS. Do you hear me? CATS. The musical. Your disappointment in this trailer is of your own making.” pic.twitter.com/ShLwrsQFvO— [kie.ran] (@danblackroyd) July 18, 2019
congratulations to dogs.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 18, 2019
Some were overwhelmed. (Watch this with the sound on. It’s 100% delightful.)
Some had questions.
Video footage of me screaming in an airport lounge pic.twitter.com/F8uGzOuJYS— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) July 18, 2019
in this universe do the people have cat faces on human-skinned cat bodies?— Clare McBride (@omnivoreal) July 18, 2019
I am TORMENTED by the cat wearing overalls: who made them for him. Who put them on him. Why is he the only one who feels enough shame to cover himself— Clare McBride (@omnivoreal) July 19, 2019
What. And how. And what. And why. And what. pic.twitter.com/9xpbBLlDHM— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) July 18, 2019
Isn’t the world horrific enough— Aly Semigran (@AlySemigran) July 18, 2019
But we can all agree:
CATS made twitter good (stupid) again!— Miriam Bale (@mimbale) July 18, 2019
me reading CATS twitter pic.twitter.com/5yBLE1SYZF— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) July 18, 2019
And then came the mash-ups!
The 'Cats' trailer but with the 'Annihilation' score pic.twitter.com/MIFUsjylzR— Bob Marshall (@bobmarshall) July 18, 2019
I put the song from Us onto the Cats trailer and I think it fits better. pic.twitter.com/VMBlbeDQs5— "Ian" Abramson (@ianabramson) July 18, 2019
And a request I pray is answered.
PLEASE SOMEONE SET THE CATS TRAILER TO “THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE” PLEASE @ParkerMolloy— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) July 19, 2019
And finally, the tweet that made me outright cackle.
Tom Hooper scrolling through Twitter rn pic.twitter.com/dcyeOwm350— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) July 18, 2019
Header Image Source: Universal Pictures